Faculty and University Committees

Faculty and university committee representatives bring the concerns of their constituencies to the committees they sit on and to the GSA Executive Committee and Senate. They communicate the proceedings of committee meetings to the GSA Executive Committee and Senate as well as to their constituencies. Although representatives bear particular responsibilities to the graduate students of their division, they shall also represent the interest of the graduate student body at-large. Committee representatives need not be Senators although Senators are appointed to fill all unfilled slots, and all committee representatives are encouraged to attend all Senate meetings. If they cannot attend, they must report on their particular committees to the Senator Chair prior to the Senate meeting.

Graduate students with questions or concerns should feel free to contact their committee representatives listed below.

Faculty and University Committee Descriptions

Alumni Association Board
Current Representative: Timothy Lauer
Openings: None

Elected board members act as a governing body to manage the affairs of the Alumni Association. Members of the board consist of the officers, members-at-large, presidents of all chartered regional alumni clubs, one graduate student representative, two undergraduate student representatives, and an alumni representative from each of the following schools and affinity groups: The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, International Business School, Friends of Brandeis Athletics, Alumni Admissions Council (AAC), and the Brandeis National Committee (BNC). The officers and the members-at-large are nominated through a nominations and election committee and are ultimately elected by the total alumni body. Club presidents and alumni representatives are appointed by the president of the Alumni Association. The full board meets twice a year.

Assessment Committee
Current Representative: None
Openings: 1

This committee examines the articulation of learning goals and the assessment of graduate education.

Block Scheduling Committee
Current Representative: None
Openings: 1

The Block Scheduling Committee was established by the provost in the spring 2008 semester. Its task is to examine the existing system for scheduling classes and to make recommendations to the provost about what changes, if any, should be made to it. The committee includes faculty from all four schools within Arts and Sciences, along with the Heller School and the International Business School. It also includes student members, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as members of the registrar’s office and other staff who are involved in scheduling classes. The committee is chaired by Professor Mick Watson (psychology department).

Bookstore Advisory Committee
Current Representative: None
Openings: 1

The Bookstore Committee advises the campus bookstore on topics such as book selection, apparel, and policy.

Committee for the Support of Teaching
Current Representative: April French, Siddhi Krishna
Openings: None

The Committee for the Support of Teaching develops policy and procedural recommendations to support the teaching mission of the university and initiates faculty development programs to improve the quality of teaching at Brandeis. It schedules workshops and meetings on teaching issues, and organizes an annual dinner on "Teaching at Brandeis" after the first faculty meeting, and contributes to the orientation of new faculty and graduate teaching assistants. In addition, the CST advises on the administration of the Course Evaluation Instrument. It has also developed the format for reporting the results of teaching evaluations surveys for use by tenure and promotion review committees and initiated the University Prize Instructorships program and the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Committee on Disabilities
Current Representative: None
Openings: 1

The primary function of the Disability Committee is to monitor the University's Disability Policies for faculty, staff and students making certain that equal opportunity is available for all persons with disabilities in academic, employment and social activities. The Committee monitors issues of accessibility on campus and advocates for user-friendly accessibility in new building and renovation projects on campus. The Committee hears reports from the members of the Committee who, within their positions, have responsibilities to ensure that the campus is accessible and that reasonable accommodations are available for those with appropriate documentation. The Committee researches issues regarding people with disabilities raised in meetings. The Committee works to communicate awareness of disability issues on campus. The committee meets approximately once a month.

Committee on Graduate Student Issues (COGSI)
Current Representatives: None
Openings: 1

This committee meets twice a semester to discuss issues of concern to graduate students.

Community Prejudice Response Task Force (CPR)
Current Representative: Brian Ramsey
Openings: None

This is an ad hoc group that responds when hurtful words or actions happen within the community.

Educational Programs & Poster Symposium
Current Representatives: None
Openings: 3 (one from each school)

The Educational Programs & Poster Symposium Committee assists the Educational Programming Coordinator in carrying out the GSA's educational programming activities. The primary activity is the Graduate Research Symposium, which offers graduate students an opportunity to practice creating conference posters and receive feedback from faculty and other students. The Symposium usually takes place in the Spring.

Election Committee
Current Representatives: None
Openings: 1
The Election Committee carries out the election of GSA Senators and EC members. Elections take place in the Fall and the Spring.

Ethics Center Campus Advisory Committee (ECCAC)
Current Representative: Brian Beckett
Openings: None
This committee advises the ethics center and gives out financial grants to undergrads for internships.

Festival of the Arts Planning Committee
Current Representative: None
Openings: 1

This committee oversees the preparation and organization of the "Festival of the Arts." Festival of the Arts takes place in the spring. Serving on this committee involves reviewing grant applications, planning all aspects of the Festival and advising and assisting in publicity efforts.

Graduate Center Advisory Committee
Current Representatives: None
Openings: 3 (one from each school)

The Graduate Center Advisory Committee advises the Assistant Provost for Graduate Student Affairs on the function and programming of the Graduate Student Center.

Graduate Council of Arts & Sciences
Current Representatives: Erin Bishop, Jeff Karam
Openings: None

The general direction of the Graduate School is vested in the Council of the Graduate School, composed of a faculty representative of each graduate program and four graduate student representatives. The Council is chaired by the dean of the graduate school of arts and sciences or his designee. The functions of the Graduate Council, exercised in consonance with university policy, are to determine requirements for admission; provide programs of study and examination; establish and maintain requirements for graduate degrees; make recommendations for degrees; make recommendations for new areas of graduate study; establish such regulations as may be considered necessary or expedient for governing the Graduate School; and exercise a general supervision over its affairs.

Graduate Handbook Committee
Current Representatives: None
Openings:
 3 (one from each school)
The Graduate Handbook Committee edits and publishes the annual Graduate Handbook/Day Planner distributed to all graduate students.

GSA Travel & Research Grants
Current Representatives: Carrie Robertson
Openings: None

The GSA Travel & Research Grant Committee assists the Travel and Research Grants Coordinator in the administration of the TRG program. The GSA Travel and Research Grants provide funds for conference- and research-related travel for students in all three graduate schools, and committee members publicize the program, read the applications, and select the winners.

Health Insurance Advisory Committee
Current Representatives: None
Openings: 2
This committee meets twice a year to discuss issues related to health insurance.

Housing Advisory Committee
Current Representative: None
Openings: 1
This committee advises the Department of Community Living on housing policies.

Intercultural Center Programming Board
Current Representatives: None
Openings: 1

The ICC serves as an umbrella organization for eighteen student organizations. Providing a venue where students can learn and demonstrate social responsibility and diverse leadership; the organizations provide events that focus on issues of culture, ethnicity and social justice.

Library Technology Services (LTS) Advisory Committee
Current Representative: Cassandra Berman
Openings: None

The Library & Technology Services (LTS) Advisory Committee meets regularly to discuss LTS policies. It is chaired by the Vice President and Vice Provost for Libraries and Technology and consists of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.

Office of Global Affairs
Current Representative: None
Openings: 1

The OGA has assembled a cross-campus advisory committee of faculty, administrators and students who work in the international arena. The committee advises the Office of Global Affairs on its efforts to enhance the international and global dimension of Brandeis activities and create a long-term strategy for globally-focused engagement

Parking Appeals Committee
Current Representative: None
Openings: 1

The Parking Appeals Committee will hear all formal appeals in accordance with Article IX. The appeal hearing will be informal and the rules of evidence will not apply. Decisions on all appeals may be made as long as three of the five Appeals Committee members are present. The decision of the Parking Appeals Committee is final, subject to judicial review as provided by Section 14, Chapter 30A, of the Massachusetts General Laws. The Parking Appeals Committee will meet on a monthly basis during the academic year with sufficient regularity to ensure a timely decision.

Public Safety Committee on Personal Safety
Current Representatives: Marta Baran
Openings: None

The committee reviews the overall personal safety concerns on campus and reports to the President as to whether there is a need for reassessment of current policy regarding firearms for campus police. A subcommittee of three faculty members is appointed second semester.

Provost Steering Committee on Diversity
Current Representative: Stephen Alkins
Openings: None

The Provost's Steering Committee on Diversity sponsors a variety of activities and events designed to increase internal capacity to serve as effective stewards for diversity at Brandeis.

Social Programs Committee
Current Representatives: None
Openings: 3 (one from each school)

The Social Programs Committee aides the Social Programs Coordinator in planning and carrying out activities for graduate students.

University Appeals Board on Student Conduct (UAB)
Current Representative: None
Openings: 1

The University Appeals Board on Student Conduct is a student-faculty panel that reviews appeals of decisions made by the UBSC or by administrative action. It is the role of this Board to determine whether there is sufficient grounds for an appeal, and, if so, to completely rehear the case.

University Board on Student Conduct (UBSC)
Current Representatives: None
Openings: 1

The University Board on Student Conduct (UBSC) is a student-faculty panel that hears cases of alleged violations of university policy. It is the role of this board to determine the acceptable standards of behavior for the Brandeis community. The composition of and procedures for the UBSC are described in Section 20 of the "Rights and Responsibilities" handbook.

University Curriculum Committee
Current Representative: Adriane Otopalik
Openings: None
This committee reviews decisions about changes in the curriculum and makes recommendations to the faculty and the Dean of Arts & Sciences.

Zirkel & Ennis Staff Excellence Award Committee
Current Representative: None
Openings: 1

The purpose of the committee is to manage the process of selecting employees to be honored by two awards. The Zirkel award is given to a non-exempt employee, that is a service employee, such as a custodian, secretary, technician, etc. The Ennis award is given to a member of the professional staff such as an academic administrator, a program director, associate dean. The winners are selected by reviewing nomination from the entire community. The committee consists of students, faculty and staff and truly represents an opportunity to create a sense of community across the lines that so often divide us. We usually have two or three meetings, the first is held in late January to discuss the process and review the nomination form. The second and, if need be, the third meeting are held in late February/early March and focus on reviewing the nominations and coming to agreement as to the winners. Meetings are usually at lunchtime and include a working lunch. Once the winners have been identified, they are notified and invited to a luncheon with the President. All committee members attend the luncheon. At the luncheon, the committee is introduced, the winners are introduced and presented with a check for $500 and their name is added to a plaque that then hangs in their work area for the next year.